Mamoun Hassan

Mamoun Hassan is a screenwriter, director, editor, producer and teacher of film who held prominent positions in British cinema during the 1970s and 1980s, frequently backing experimental work. He was head of production of the British Film Institute (BFI) and later managing director of the National Film Finance Corporation (NFFC).


Hassan was born in Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia.[1] He was head of production of the British Film Institute from 1971,[2] in which post he continued the BFI's "radical" policy of supporting low-budget experimental films;[3] he assisted the director Bill Douglas by securing crew and funding to make The Bill Douglas Trilogy (1972–78),[4] and financially supported the production of Winstanley (1975).[5] After leaving the BFI he taught at the National Film and Television School at Beaconsfield,[6] then in 1979 he became managing director of the National Film Finance Corporation. In this position he backed the film Babylon (1980),[7] and again helped Douglas in the production of Comrades (1986).[4][8] Despite the "brave funding choices" and renewed creativity of the NFFC under Hassan, it was abolished in 1985.[7][9] Since then he has worked as a film producer, screenwriter, consultant, lecturer and teacher in the field of cinema.[10]


Year Film Credit[1]
2012 My Brother the Devil Editing consultant
2009 Bill Douglas: Reflections on His Trilogy Interviewer
2008 La Buena Vida Screenplay
2006 Affairs of the House Special thanks
2006 Bill Douglas: Intent on Getting the Image Cast member
2004 Machuca Producer, Screenplay
1988 Distant Voices, Still Lives Special thanks
1985 No Surrender Producer


  1. 1 2 "Mamoun Hassan". BFI. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  2. Allon, Yoram; Del Cullen; Hannah Patterson (2001). Contemporary British and Irish film directors: a wallflower critical guide. Wallflower Press. p. 81. ISBN 978-1-903364-21-5.
  3. Caterer, James (2011). The People’s Pictures: National Lottery Funding and British Cinema. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 36. ISBN 9781443833226.
  4. 1 2 Hassan, Mamoun (20 June 2008). "Mamoun Hassan recalls working with director Bill Douglas". The Guardian.
  5. Tibbetts, John C., ""Winstanley"; or, Kevin Brownlow Camps out on St. George's Hill.". Literature/Film Quarterly. Salisbury University. 1 January 2003. Retrieved December 31, 2015 from HighBeam Research
  6. Petrie, Duncan; Stoneman, Rod (2014). Educating Film-makers: Past, Present and Future. Intellect Books. p. 93. ISBN 9781783201853.
  7. 1 2 Barber, Sian (2013). The British Film Industry in the 1970s: Capital, Culture and Creativity. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 44. ISBN 9781137305923.
  8. Street, Sarah (2008). British National Cinema. Taylor & Francis. p. 251. ISBN 978-0-415-38422-3.
  9. Adair, Gilbert; Roddick, Nick (1985). A night at the pictures: ten decades of British film. Columbus Books in association with the British Film Year. p. 93.
  10. "Watch Mamoun Hassan's introduction to L'avventura". European Film College. 4 April 2014.

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